Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Honored By American Hospital Association For Quality, Safety and Patient Care
Los Angeles - July 30, 2007 - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was recently recognized by the American Hospital Association for its leadership, innovation and commitment to quality patient care.
The hospital, one of only five nationwide so honored, was named a finalist for the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, which recognizes healthcare organizations committed to creating a culture of quality patient care and developing successful approaches to quality improvements. The award was presented at an American Hospital Association (AHA) meeting in San Diego.
The AHA’s selection committee of healthcare and patient experts praised the medical center’s strong team approach to quality improvements and initiatives, as well as the organization’s ability to spread innovative approaches quickly throughout the medical center. Cedars-Sinai was also recognized for its efforts to integrate patient- and family-centered approaches into the delivery of medical care and services.
“We are thrilled by this honor that recognizes Cedars-Sinai as a national quality leader among more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals,” said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “Our outstanding Medical Staff and employees bring tremendous passion and dedication to caring for our patients. Their commitment to excellence in patient care is reflected in this achievement.”
The 2007 AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize winner overall was the Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, IN. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City were both named finalists.
One of only 10 hospitals in California whose nurses have been honored with the prestigious Magnet designation, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is one of the largest nonprofit academic medical centers in the Western United States. For 19 consecutive years, it has been named Los Angeles’ most preferred hospital for all health needs in an independent survey of area residents. Cedars-Sinai is internationally renowned for its diagnostic and treatment capabilities and its broad spectrum of programs and services, as well as breakthroughs in biomedical research and superlative medical education. It ranks among the top 10 nonuniversity hospitals in the nation for its research activities and its human research protection program is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP). Additional information is available at www.cedars-sinai.edu.
About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include almost 5,000 hospitals, healthcare systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the website at www.aha.org.
About McKesson Corporation
McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK), currently ranked 18th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes and improving the quality and safety of patient care. McKesson is the oldest company in healthcare today and will mark 175 years of continuous operation in 2008. McKesson provides pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; healthcare information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients. For more information, visit their website at www.mckesson.com.